returned on the fourth of July with the sudden release of an aptly-titled EP. America
came as a surprise, but it should be no shock to anyone familiar with the talented composer's work that it is a fantastic piece of electronic pop. It's as quirky and experimental as anything critics collectively loved about her last album, Tempo
The EP features two new songs, "Special Leave," and "Cab Driver," as well as instrumental and remixed versions of the title track, which closed out Tempo
. "Cab Driver" is especially notable, as it is, without a doubt, one of Bell's most bizarre recordings yet. It's kind of genius, actually. She repeats a simple refrain, seemingly sung into a voice memo app on her phone (or something similarly low-quality), then alters it in a myriad of ways, and builds up a beautiful electronic/string composition behind it, until the track becomes insanely beautiful and quirky.
"America" itself is also great as a standalone track. Bell begins the song somewhat impenetrably, with a wall of computerized distortion, but it doesn't take long before it explodes into an infectious electro-pop hook. Give the new EP a listen, and be sure to familiarize yourself with Olga Bell's unique music by checking out last year's excellent Tempo
if you haven't already.